Are You the Next Karel Fellow?
The Karel Fellowship In Public Interest Communications is a unique, hands-on, experiential summer program that inspires undergraduate students to consider professional opportunities and possibilities in the field of Public Interest Communications. Now in its fifth year, the Karel Fellowship has placed 37 fellows from 15 different colleges with a total of 18 organizations committed to making the world a better place. Public Interest Communications is an innovative field that pulls from the spheres of media, policy, communities of influence, social marketing and activism to drive change. This fellowship is focused on translating personal passion for a more just world into communication skills that elicit social change.
The Idea Behind the Fellowship
The Karel Fellowship honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Karel believed that racial and ethnic minorities were underrepresented in the public interest communications field and that foundations and public interest organizations needed to be proactive in recruiting and nurturing broader participation and leadership in public interest communications and advocacy.
As a public relations major, I have known for a while that messaging is important. Yet, I didn’t really know how to craft an award-winning message. Thanks to my amazing supervisors at The Leadership Conference, Scott Simpson and Tyler Lewis, I do now.
Throughout my time at the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Karel Fellow, I realized that environmental issues had largely affected my upbringing, yet I never saw it that way. I didn’t understand environmentalism in the same way I understood feminism, racism, or classism.
Washington is about to be graced with the fifth class of Karel Fellows – good news for the agenda of social change that is so critical at a time when there is enormous need for new solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing our society. But, also good...